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The Boyfriend

A book by Thomas Perry

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A Very Good Investigative Tale

  • Apr 18, 2013
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+4

Jack Till is a retired detective, now private investigator.  He is hired by some parents to find the killer of their daughter who worked as an escort.  Till uses the on-line ad system to search for clues as to why someone might have wanted to kill her.  As his eyes fog over he picks up a pattern with other escorts.  Soon Till is trying to get to the other escorts before they too are killed.

When Jack realizes the killer's motives, he knows that the killer is a cold calculating expert that has a lot bigger motives than just murdering escorts.  He has other targets in mind and the escorts may just be loose ends.  This makes him a lot more dangerous than most of the bad guys Jack has chased in the past.

Besides Jack's chase, the story focuses on the story of the killer (Joey Moreland), how he came to be and what his motives are.  Perry does a good job of this though the reader can never gains any sympathy for Moreland.  He also has a few action packed scenes with Jack racing to try to learn Moreland's identity and trying to prevent some of the things Moreland does.

This is a very good investigative mystery with dabs of breakneck action thrown in.  I would have given it a full five stars but I felt that Jack slips away from the "good guy" path a few times in the story.  Still I give it a strong four stars.

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Jack Till, who has retired from the LAPD after a respected career as a homicide detective, now works as a private investigator, comfortable chasing down routine cases while visiting his 24-year-old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. But when the parents of a recently murdered young girl, about Holly's age, ask for his help when the police come up empty, Till reluctantly takes the case.

It was discovered after her death that the victim had been working as a high-class prostitute, and the police are content to assume she was killed by a client, common in such a dangerous line of work. Yet as Till digs deeper, he realizes that the victim is just one of several young female escorts killed in different cities in the exact same way – all had strawberry blonde hair, and all were shot with a 9mm handgun in the sanctity of their apartments.

Till must find his way around the tawdry and secretive online escort business, and decode ads placed by young women who all use false names, sometimes advertise using other women's pictures, and move from city to city every few months. Yet when Till is finally able to catch up with the killer, he finds that the man he's after is far more dangerous and volatile than he ever could have imagined. As the body count rises, Till must risk his life to find this seductive and ruthless killer whose murderous spree masks a far deadlier agenda.
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